January Newsletter 2016

THE STRAND – the latest on learning from WillowDNA
January 2016 Edition

January Round Up

Each month we take a look at some of the most interesting research and articles on online learning, social learning and technology.  But in a slight break from the norm, we wanted to share our big news – WillowDNA is 10 years old! 

Learning Technologies 2016
Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th February 2016 

Bigger than ever, Learning Technologies returns to London Olympia at on Stand 12, you’ll find WillowDNA celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

As well as hosting our anniversary celebrations at 3pm on the 3rd (where you can join us for a glass of bubbly and some cake), we’ll also be unveiling the latest release of Pathway Cloud LMS, including Pathway Mobile and Pathway Collaboration suite.

On Thursday at 12.30pm in Theatre 6, we’ll be exploring the next ten years of learning technology, one not to be missed.

The future of learning is performance

On the WillowDNA blog this month, we are introducing the first instalment in our series on the future of learning, entitled ‘Performance is more than support – the future of learning.’ Using this infographic as a guide, we’ll be exploring the key elements of creating a future forward learning environment:

“Performance can help us look more holistically at the task at hand, so for the organisation, how to achieve its key strategic goal.”   

Book Review

At WillowDNA this year, we are launching our new collaboration suite on Pathway Cloud LMS which puts community at the heart of the learning programme.  The driver here is to provide a more pragmatic and effective flow between formal and informal learning.

It is this relationship that is explored in this month’s reviewed book ‘Ten Strategies for Building Community with Technology: A Handbook for Instructional Designers and Program Developers’.

It explores the impact of community on learning efficacy through practical guidance on building and nurturing communities.  It is a contemporary view of learning communities in the context of current technology and a useful how to guide.


WillowDNA launching new collaboration suite and mobile app at Learning Technologies 2016

As well as cracking open the bubbly, WillowDNA are delighted to introduce the latest release of Pathway Cloud LMS in our 10th anniversary year.

Our next release includes the Pathway Collaboration suite, drawing on the best of formal and informal learning in one environment.  The overall design balances formal content and user generated content to provide a richer, more effective learning experience, reflecting the way people really learn today.

Our new mobile app is much more than Pathway on mobile – of course, learners can access learning on the move, whether they are online or offline (with progress sychronisation included when back online). However each Pathway client customer receive their own app, branded for their organisation.  Learning is all about context and our mobile app is designed to support organisations in creating their own learning and performance environment.

To find out more, come and visit us on Stand L12.


When Learning At Work Becomes Overwhelming

It’s no surprise that many of our favourite articles of recent months are taken from the Harvard Business Review.

The challenges of risks acquisition, innovation and change are putting increased pressure of employees and organisations.  Time and volume is a key challenge as most jobs require a continuous professional development approach whether that is formalised or not.

This latest piece by David DeLong, research fellow at the MIT AgeLab describes this challenge but also offers his advice on creating the most effective learning environment.


Webinar: Performance Catalysts – the future of Learning and Development
27th January 2015 2pm GMT

This month’s Willow Webinar will explore the role of L&D in the new world of work and introduces the concept of Performance Catalyst.  

From what you need to know about technology, how to identify the right type of learning solution aligned to business activities through to tips for evaluation, this webinar will explore what the new learning professional will look like. 

Register today and join us for a webinar that will provide great inspiration for your learning strategy in 2016.

This month on Learning Now Radio

If you haven’t subscribed already, then pop over to iTunes or Soundcloud today to the latest episode, featuring Paul Morgan, Head of Learning at Telefonica O2.

WillowDNA are delighted to support LNRadio with our very own Lisa Minogue-White co-hosting alongside the wonderful Colin Steed.


Learning Technologies Video Guide 2016
This month’s video – Our quick guide to Learning Technologies 2016, Lisa Minogue-White talks about how to make the most of your conversations with suppliers and colleagues.



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